I mentioned last month about my sale to Samhain, for a novella titled Back on Track. It's part of an anthology called Strangers on a Train, with awesome stories from Ruthie Knox, Samantha Hunter, Cara McKenna, and Serena Bell. Since I recently got the contract to sign, as well as a release date (April 2013), I thought I'd celebrate by sharing a snippet of the story for Six Sentence Sunday.
First, here's the blurb:
Allie Whittaker hasn’t had time for dating—she’s too busy getting her fledgling marketing company off the ground. All she needs to hit a home run for her business is for baseball superstar Matt Kearns to agree to be on the cover of a charity calendar. Unfortunately, Matt has refused even to talk to her. When she sees him on an afternoon train tour, Allie decides to tell him three things about herself—including one lie—as a way of getting close.
Matt Kearns is in a slump, worried that his career might be over. A Napa Valley wine tour isn’t enough to take his mind off his troubles, but sexy Allie is. When she tells him she used to date baseball player Matt Kearns, he decides to play along. But pretty soon the truth comes out, and they find they are playing for keeps.
In this scene, they are still getting to know each other. Matt has been having fun asking Allie what it was like when she dated the famous baseball player Matt Kearns (himself), and Allie's having just as much fun making up lies about the man she's never met until today:
"He’s probably got all kinds of weird superstitions, too,” Matt said with a great deal of glee in his voice. "Does he wear mismatched socks that haven’t been washed in months--just to keep a winning streak alive?"
"No," Allie said, biting back a smile, "he actually wore smiley-face footie socks, with a little pompon in the back."
He choked but covered it up with a cough into his fist. "Why would he do that?"
"He said it made him happy."